A Thoughtful Place: DIY {Chalkboard Tablecloth}


DIY {Chalkboard Tablecloth}

It was fun sharing about our Beer Tasting Party yesterday. I received so many emails asking about the tablecloth so I thought I would share my little secret today. I heard a little rumor that you can buy chalkboard cloth. That sounds pretty amazing. But I am one of those who likes to make do with what I have on hand. Plus, I like the idea of keeping costs low when it’s an item that can get ruined. I wasn’t up for buying three yards of chalkboard cloth.



………………………………DIY Chalk Table Cloth

To make this chalk tablecloth I simply used the Ikea paper roll { two pieces that were 7 1/2 feet long each } and sprayed them with chalkboard paint. Let me warn you though, it takes a bit of time so be sure to wear a mask if you take this on. Also, you will need two coats to create a nice even finish without any blotches.



We were all out of gloves which I normally wear to protect my hands from paint so I improvised and it worked pretty well.


In an effort to keep things real. . . sometimes DIY isn’t pretty. After spraying these strips of paper in the garage, there was a major amount of black residue on the floor. I literally had to crawl into the house on my hands and knees to get to the sink in order to wash off my feet. Quite the sight. I highly recommend spraying outside on the lawn with a drop cloth { as long as it’s not a windy day}.


Once they dried, I taped them together on the back side and then used painter’s tape to tape the tablecloth to the table on all four corners. That was enough to keep it in place. To create the four circles I simply traced a cup upside down. I used the chalkboard pen for the four tasting stations so they would not come off easily. The rest of the writing was with normal chalk.


My second piece did not turn out as nicely as the first, but my hubby was quick to remind me that once the table was covered with the food and the chalk drawings  no one would notice. He was right.


What I really appreciated about this project was that it only cost $5.00 {the cost of spray paint} and I could roll it up and toss it in the trash once the party was over. It didn’t matter what we spilled. My kind of party tablecloth.

I have one more chalkboard project to show you soon. I am back on my chalkboard kick. Somebody stop me!


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  1. Why stop? You are an inspiration and doing great! Thanks for posting this!

  2. This is awesome! What a great idea! You have nice handwriting as well which makes it look cool!

  3. Such a clever idea! Your tablescapes are always so well thought out and fun!

  4. Oh gosh, how cool is that? Thanks for the idea... gotta keep this one!

  5. Laughing out loud about crawling to the sink to wash your feet! I had no idea it was a paper tablecloth. What an awesome project and great to know that it can be done that way.

  6. Love it! I can't wait for more chalkboard inspiration.

  7. oh..I love anything chalkboard!! These are fabulous!! Would have never thought of doing this! Great job!

    Bonnie :)

  8. Great job! It turned out beautiful! I also love to make due with what I have! This was so creative. :)

  9. Love this! It goes great with your party - thanks for sharing!

  10. This is a really cute idea. It's one I'll file away for the perfect party. Thanks! Jodi @ www.meaningfulmama.com

  11. Thanks for posting this. Loved your post yesterday!

  12. Brilliant idea! It came out great!!

  13. A clever idea and it came out beautifully! Such a fun idea for a party.

  14. This is brilliant... what spray paint company is this???

    1. I just used the Rustoleum spray paint. Thank you for the sweet compliment.

  15. I just used the Rustoleum spray paint. Thank you for the sweet compliment.

  16. such a cool idea! oh how neat it would be to have it for a kid's birthday party. maybe w/ different color chalks? or to draw out little cartoon portraits at each place setting to resemble each child, sounds like this has many possibilities, thanks for the link, never knew it existed, will spread the word around. love watching what you do, always inspirational.

    Cindy Sue

  17. This is such a cute & so very clever idea!

  18. So so fun! What a great idea! This could be really fun for a kids party too!

  19. I just stumbled across your blog and what a wonderful place to stay awhile! So glad I found you - I am your newest follower. Thanks for sharing and hope you enjoy the rest of the day. Jalon

  20. Your party looks like a total blast and the chalkboard tablecloth is so awesome!

  21. hi! how long did it take for the chalkboard paint to dry?

    I love this and am trying this week!!


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